Even David Wright Has Enough Of The All-Star Hype

It’s bad enough that the Mets embarrass David Wright by surrounding him with seven Schmohawks every game they now decide that wasn’t enough so they go and embarrass him off the field as well.

Some deep thinker in the marketing department thought it was a good idea to contact a dating site that caters to middle aged women looking to hook up with much younger men to help get David Wright voted in to the starting third base spot for the All-Star Game.  Thankfully an adult in the Mets marketing office got wind of this and put the kibosh on it. In fact Wright himself has told the club to cease and desist with the Vote Wright over done campaign.  What started out as a fun thing to get Mets fans to vote Wright in as an All-Star starter has turned into an embarrassment. That’s so Mets.

The Mets have a bad case of SF Giants envy. They can’t understand how Giants fans turn out the vote for Pablo “Panda” Sandoval. Well, first it helps to have won a couple of World Series Championships In the last few years, especially last year. It helps to play in a ball park that’s full  of fans and a gameday staff that wants you to  have the best time ever and it helps to have a very bright an progressive marketing staff that knows its fan base and its community.

The Giants were first major league sports team to make a It Gets Better video to help gay lesbian and transgender teens know that life is worth living and not to give in to bullies and haters. The Mets gave lip service to the idea of making a similar video, its two years now and still no video.

The Giants also put out some of the best TV commercial to sell their team and tickets as well   

When you have a team that is underperforming on the field and not drawing anyone to your ballpark you need to get creative and find ways to make it worth someone’s while to come to Citi Field. Catering to middle aged women looking for a boy toy is not the way to go about it.

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Mets Fans Find Respect Away From Home

 

This past weekend a cadre of Mets fans led by Darren Meenan of The 7 Line converged on Wrigley Field for a fine weekend of baseball. Shannon from The Mets Police was there as well and today he has a post on his site that is a must read for not only every Mets fan but for Mets management as well.

Shannon writes about the wonderful experience he had at the Friendly Confines. As someone who has been to Wrigley Field I am not surprised at all. A day at Wrigley Field is unlike any at Citi Field. In fact a day at any other ball park is unlike a day at Citi Field.

A few years ago I went to Chicago with a bunch of guys, mostly cops and firemen for a weekend series of Mets and Cubs. We had spilt the group up where five of us would sit in field level seats for the Friday game and five would sit in the bleachers for the Saturday game.  My group of five sat in field level for the Friday game. An usher greeted us as we entered and saw that we were dressed in all our splendor in Mets gear. He said welcome to Wrigley Field “youes guys” and laughed. So did we. He showed us to our seats, wiped them down told us to enjoy the game. We handed the guy a 20 dollar bill and he gave us a big smile back and said, “That’s why I like you New York guys, you know how to take care of people”. Yes sir we do as long as you are nice and pleasant we take care of you. If you’re nasty and surly and act like you hate your job as the ushers at Citi Field seem to, we give you our ass to kiss.

As we sat, we were taking pictures of the field and the ball park when a guy with the game day staff at Wrigley saw us taking pictures came over and took a group shot of us. When he took the picture, we thanked him and he said “No, thank you guys for coming to Wrigley Field” you could have knocked us over with a feather.  

It’s not just Wrigley Field game day personnel that treat people the way people should be treated. First time I went to Camden Yards, my son was three years old so we still used a stroller to get around. As we entered the ball park my son was fussing so I took him out of the stroller and carried him, my wife took the stroller along with a backpack we had with food for him, jacket, toys all stuff you need to bring when you have a toddler. An usher came right over to us and said “please let we give you a hand” he looked at the tickets, which were just down the left field line and took the stroller and said “follow me please” walked us to our seats and got us situated. After saying to us “enjoy the game” I went to give him a tip the usher looked at me and said “oh no sir we do not accept gratuities, put thank you.  WHOA!

Every Mets fan who has traveled to another ball park to follow the Mets have the same kind of stories, whether it be Wrigley Field, Camden Yards, PNC Park, AT&T or even CBP , Mets fans have a better game day experience away from Citi Field that at our own home park.  

There is no reason whatsoever that a fan coming to park early to watch batting practice has to be held back by a big hairy arm telling you if you don’t have a ticket you can’t go down there. Same thing if you want to visit someone in another section. How many times has a friend been at a game you get a text “hey I’m in section 207 come down and we’ll meet up” you go to the section see your buddy and make an attempt to go to the seat when your stopped and interrogated to see a ticket?  That’s why the Shea Bridge area of the ballpark is popular it’s the Guantanamo Bay of Citi Field.

Mets fans don’t want t-shirts, bobble heads, lunch pails or other gimmicks to lure us to the ball park. Just give us a competitive team and show us the respect we deserve when we enter the ball park. Kindness goes along way with Mets fans.

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When Matt Harvey Pitches You Better Wear Shades

Isn’t it amazing how we feel as Mets fans after a Matt Harvey start? Have you noticed how the other fan bases around baseball look at us now that we have Matt Harvey? 

Matt Harvey’ performance hides alot of the Mets imperfections, like Ike Davis playing first base like its’ 3:45 AM or Capt Kirk getting bad jump on a fly ball in centerfield or holding our breath on a ground ball to Ruben Tejada, when you’re down about the Mets play at times all you have to say is, Is Matt Harvey a stud or what? It makes it all better.

Harvey was large and in charge again last night at a library quiet Citizen Bank Ball Park as he sliced and diced the Dirty Old Phuck Phaces with a Frisbee like slider and fast ball after fastball. Sure Harvey had a bit of an issue with command but he still was never in any danger in this game, unlike the once great Roy Halladay who turned into an old man in front of our eyes. Ron Darling even went into an old pitchers stick together soliloquy over the demise of Doc Halladay but then realized he was working this game for SNY and not TBS and stopped in mid-sentence to realize his Mets fan audience was enjoying their team stepping on Halladay’s throat.

As you all know I am a fin of Collin Cowgill but when I see him with that flat brim on his cap it drives me up a wall. I hate flat brims on baseball cap with a passion BEND THAT BRIM COLLIN!!!!!!!

I’m not worried about Ike Davis at the plate but I am stunned at how bad a first base he’s been playing. Last few games, he’s been a mess in the field.

I like the blue uni top the Mets wear at home but I’m not a fan of the blue road top. I’m ok with the snow whites but they wear them too damn much. There is nothing better than watching the Mets when they are in their pinnies in fact I’d love them even better without the names on the back. The all blue cap is the best cap in baseball. The new blue and orange caps would be better if the “ny” was all orange. I LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE the Mr. Met cap but then again I have always had a strong affection for Mr.Met.

Last night David Wright went after a pop up in foul territory. A Phuck Phace fan tried to interfere with Wright as he caught the pop up and then had the balls to ask Wright for the baseball. Wright shot this shit head a “Are you fucking me” look that was straight out of Bensonhurst.

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Take Note: Mets v. Phillies 2 Night at CBP

Some interesting information in today’s Mets game notes from Citizens Bank Ball Park as the Mets  take on the Phillies for the first time this season.

The Mets hit the road for the first time in 2013 and this trip is tied for the second longest of the season. The Mets will stay in Philly for three games then off to the Twin Cities for three weekend games and then off to Colorado for four games. Hope the equipment guys packed the long underwear, ski hats and snow shoes.

Yesterday’s come from behind walk off win was the Mets 3 of their 4 wins of one run. Last year the Mets were 20-22 in one run games. Hopefully they will do much better than that make this year.

The Mets have hit 6 home runs in their first 6 games. The 1962 hit home runs in their first 7 games so take that for what it’s worth.

The strikeout machine known as Matt Harvey takes the mound for the Mets tonight. In his first 11 starts with the Mets Harvey has K’d 10 batters or more 3 times. Only Dwight Gooden has been better than Harvey in the K Korner with 4 games out of 11 with 10+ punch outs.

David Wright LOVE hitting at CBP in fact Wright has the most home runs hit by any visiting player with 16 dingers in 74 games.

The starting pitching enjoyed a great first week of the season posting a 1.98 ERA in 36.1 innings pitched.

Outstanding effort by the Mets bullpen yesterday left the fire brigade with a 3.57 ERA which puts them right in the middle of the back of big league bullpens.

Congratulations to Scott Rice, after 14 years of awful bus trips, Rice got his first major league win yesterday!

Let’s hope the broken down velocity down more fly balls allowed Roy Halladay shows up tonight and not the 7-0 1.78 EAR vs. the Mets since he joined the Phillies Roy Halladay.

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R.A. Dickey Deserves Your Support

 

I know many of you have sworn off the Mets for the rest of this season due to poor play, rotten second half or your distain for ownership but if you are true blue and orange Mets fan and can get out of work or play hooky from school, you have to be at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon to root on R.A. Dickey to win number 20.

We can all hope that Dickey wins the CY Young Award that he so richly deserves but the voting for that is out of our hands as fans. What we do control is the ability to put aside our angst and anger over this season and seasons past and how we all wish the For Sale sign would go up at 126 St and Roosevelt Avenue, but if anyone has made be a Mets fan worth its while to cheer, it’s been R.A. Dickey.

I can’t wait to get to Citi Field on Thursday for maybe the second time this year we will have a Mets Moment at Ball Park worth cheering about. If there is one player on this Mets team that is deserving of the fan support we Mets fans a famous for its R.A. Dickey.

Face it, you’re sick of being a depressed Mets fan , you’re sick of hearing about the teams finances, you’re sick of the loss after loss second half  so Thursday is your chance to go to Citi Field with a genuine purpose to root for the Mets, so that R.A. Dicey not only gets his 20th win but to show our appreciation for him and what he has done this season. The Man deserves it.

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Free Matt Harvey

I don’t think we can question the poise and maturity of Matt Harvey after last night’s performance, in fact I came away quite impressed by his demeanor. Think about how he handled this start with the knowledge that his call up to the big leagues hangs in the balance with Mets exec J.P Riccardi at the ball park in Buffalo and Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and Dan Warthen monitoring his performance via SNY. Make up wise Harvey, in my opinion is big league ready, ability wise could be debated.

If Dillon Gee were healthy we don’t have this discussion on whether Harvey is a big leaguer or not but with the prospect that Gee is done for the year, the Mets need a starter and when you look at the options, Matt Harvey stands out as the best of them.

Miguel Batista or Jeremy Hefner? No thank you. We’ve seen all we need to see of Batista who is still making a living off that last game of the year shutout over the Reds. If I had to pick between the two, I’d  go with Hefner but since Harvey is in the mix, I’d give Harvey the start on Saturday for sure.

Is Harvey ready for it? It seems it’s a question with many answers. Some folks are against bringing him up fearing a meltdown of some sorts, from what we’ve seen of Harvey from spring training to last night, I hardly think that will happen. Will an early promotion stunt his growth as a pitcher? That’s a great question that I can’t answer but what we know of Harvey is he has a passion to be a major leaguer and he loves to learn and will ask questions and work on his craft to achieve success.  My question is how will being on the big league roster with veteran pitchers like R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana, two guys who always make themselves available to young pitchers, hurt Matt Harvey? If anything I think he’s thrive in that environment.

I do worry about the enthusiasm level that Mets fans have for Harvey and Zack Wheeler as well.  Between the four game losing streak (7 loses in last 10 games as well) the awful bullpen and ineffective offense against left handed pitching; the fan base is headed toward meltdown mode. For the health and welfare of Mets fans everywhere, I hope the team can take two of three from the Nats.

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I’m Still With 28

So Daniel Murphy has a rough couple of games and some so called Mets fans have turned on him. There are times, and this in one of those times, that this fan base deserved to treated like shit by the likes of Bobby Bonnila, Jeff Kent and the immortal Richie Hebner.  

Murph had a bad game last night; for sure in fact he said it himself after the game as he faced the media. There is no run and hide in Murphy he acknowledged his bad play at 2nd base last night and addressed the fielding problems the Mets have had most of the season and he took the first shot at himself:

“You don’t have to look any farther than this locker here where to start with some of our poor play the last couple of days. It starts right here.”

Before last night, the jackals were quiet but with a two error game coming on the heels of an 0-14 offensive bump in the road, the Murphy detractors have come out in full force, none more prominent than the wanna-be Mike Francesa’s Mark Malusis and Sal Licata two of the many uniformed and untalented talking shit heads on SNY.

Before last night, there was no one taking Murphy to task about his fielding, in fact Keith Hernandez who may be a bit more qualified that a stooge like Licata, has praised the work Murph has put in with Tim Teufel to make himself into a serviceable second baseman.  It’s more sad than funny how the Murphy bashers go on and on about his defensive deficiencies but never talk about the hours of hard work Murph puts in to make himself better, see in order to observe this, you would have to get out to the ball park early and watch Murph take ground ball after ground ball but of course that would take commitment to your craft which many TV and sports talk radio nimrods in this town lack in spades.  Maybe if Licatta worked as hard at his job like Murph does he’d still be employed at WFAN.

We all know that Murphy can hit, in fact his bat with RISP has been a solid .333/.369/.433 so far this year and when its 2outs/RISP Murph raises his game to .391/.440/.522 and is one of the main reasons the Mets have played above many expectations.

Maybe it’s good that many so called Mets fans can forget the malcontents and lazy asses that paraded on the Shea Stadium field back in the 90’s.  For all you so called Mets enthusiast who are calling for the Mets to deal Murph I have a better idea one that would make us both very happy, GO ROOT FOR ANOTHER TEAM!

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Before I Run Out The Door…………….

I really have no time to put up a decent post as I have to be out and at the ball park for a practice in about 20 mins and then for there it’s a quick shower and off to college hunting for my son but I have to say a few things about the events of last night.

It sucks that the hockey season is over but after a couple of hours of reflection and I have to say I have never been as proud of a Rangers team than I have of this years squad and makes it even better is the core of the team is young and getting better and better. Ryan Callahan Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi Carl Haglin and the next superstar in NY Chris Kreider give myself and all Ranger fans hope that this team will contend and win a Stanley Cup(s?) for years to come.

Thank you Rangers, Coach Tortorella and all my fellow Rangers fans for one of the best season ever.

Here we are at the Memorial Day weekend and our Metsies are a mere 2.5 games out of 1st place in a suddenly crabs ass tight NL East.  Johan goes today and the Dickster tomorrow, Jenry Mejia and Chris Young are progressing, Ike Davis seems to be responding to the organization vote  of confidence and like the NY Rangers, rooting for the Mets is fun again.

Gotta run I have fungo’s to hit and colleges to visit LET’S GO METS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kings in 5

 

 

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We All Like Ike But……………

 

I’ve been away from my duties here at Kranepool Society for a couple of days, so I’ve got a lot to catch up on:

Anthony McCarron writes about David Wright today in the NY Daily News on how the Mets have for the first time in his close to 8 year career, become HIS team. Wright has always been deferential to vets like Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran and made a concerted effort to share the spotlight with Jose Reyes but now that they are dearly departed it’s finally David Wright’s team and though he would never say it, he has to be thrilled to death that it is.

Wright is not the rah-rah fiery type, although he did show that side of him after the Carrasco-Braun hit by pitch affair, Wright shows the leadership a young team like the Mets needs. When a 7+ year vet is the first to report to spring training and the first one to the ball park and the last one to leave, plays through pain and never skirts from his responsibility to speak to the media win or lose, it sets the tone to the rest of the team that Wright’s Way is the Mets Way. One doesn’t need a long term history lesson to see that this Mets clubhouse is more professional and more cohesive than we’ve seen in a long time and it bodes well for the future of this franchise.

Credit for the professional turnaround has to go to Terry Collins as well. Think back to when TC was hired as Mets manager, we all had our doubts due to his previous track record as the manager but it’s a real testament to Collins that he re-invented himself at an age when most folks are rock solid set in their ways.  Most Mets fans clamored for Wally Backman to run this team and while I’m a Wally fan, I can’t see anyone else but Terry Collins running this team for the next two seasons at least. If anyone deserves a hike in pay and a two year extension of his contract it’s Terry Collins.

Boy if I could take anything back that I’ve written on this site, it may be what I posted the other day about moving Scott Hairston to make room for Jason Bay when he comes back from his rib injury. I’ve taken what Hairston brings to this team for granted and if anything having Mike Baxter and Hairston on the bench for the Mets is a great strength.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ bat has cooled off, as to be expected but his strikeout rate has to give the front office some concern that the word has gotten out to throw Kirk a steady diet of breaking balls, so a trip back upstate may not be the worst thing in the world for Nieuwenhuis who seems to have the mindset to take a demotion not as a negative but a chance to work on his deficiency of hitting breaking pitches as his ticket back to the big leagues for good.

The one thing that could keep Captain Kirk with the Mets is the fact that it is now not if Ike Davis should be sent to Buffalo it’s more like a lock he’s going once Bay comes back.  The Marlins just sent their struggling 1st baseman Gaby Sanchez to Triple A to work his way back to being the All-Star he was last year. The Mets just cannot afford to play Ike every day with zero production and a stint in Buffalo should not be taken as a punishment but as an opportunity for Ike to get his groove back.

It’s amazing that the sports media dickheads in NYC who have been given the assignment to cover the NY Rangers during their playoff run are so lazy and so lacking in talent that they can’t see what this team is built on hard work, commitment to the team and the mindset that everyone is responsible for their actions on the ice and if you fuck up, you ride the pine. Doesn’t matter if you’re a multimillionaire all-star or a kid fresh off a college campus if you make a mistake that hurts the team you sit, you stew and you make damn sure you don’t do it again. It’s the same with some of these idiots who now question the Rangers commitment to blocking shots, guess what assholes, how do you think this team has gotten to where it is? Oh and for all the fawning you schmucks have been doing over Marty Brodeur, stop acting like lemmings calling him the greatest goaltender in hockey history, just because you’ve heard some of your overheated brethren say it. Sure it’s easy to look at his career stats and says he’s the best ever and I am by no means saying he isn’t a Hall of Famer but to say he’s the best ever is a slight to Jacques Plante, Terry Sawchuck, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. Take some time to read up on those four before you give Marty the crown of greatest ever and remember as good as Brodeur is, he’s no KING!

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The New Party City Deck at Citi Field

I was invited out to Citi Field today by the Mets to get a tour of the new Party City Deck in Left Field and also to get a gander at the new outfield dimensions and the beautiful BLUE walls. I was impressed by all three.

The ball park looks great as the black outfield walls are now Mets blue. As I walked into the Part City Deck I was totally amazed how bringing in the left field fence by 12 ft could make such a difference in my perception of the distance from the outfield to home plate. I’ve stood on the warning track at Citi Field before the alterations and felt home plate was located in Jackson Heights, same thing with the height of the outfield wall, which have been chopped in half from 16 ft. to 8 ft. Looking up from the left field warning track I felt like a Chilean miner.

The Party City Deck looks like a great spot to see a game, the section can accommodate groups of 25 to 102. The seating is a combination of padded stadium seats along with barstool with a ledge where you can sit and enjoy classic ball park food (hot dogs, burger, chicken tenders, popcorn, peanuts and homemade potato chips) and soft drinks, water and beer, starting two hours before first pitch. After the second hour of the game, cookies will be served right up to the ninth inning. All of the food and drink are brought right to your seat waiters and waitresses, so there is no standing in line and missing the action on the field.

The price of a ticket to The Party City Deck ranges from $100-$200, depending on the opponent. The area is for group sales but for the final five games of the opening home stand (April 7-11) individual tickets will be on sale.

It’s good to see the Mets  realize that the dimensions of the outfield were a problem and made the alteration along with ditching the black wall along with the overwhelming  use of black (or soot as I believe is the official name of the color so predominate throughout the ball park)  throughout the park. It was the first time I walked into Citi Field and felt it was the home of the NY Mets. Amazing what a little paint can do eh?

Can’t wait for Thursday. Let’s Go Mets!!!

 

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